Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Top 87 bad predictions about the future

Here are some of the poorer predictions made over the years. Read and relish in the knowledge that hindsight brings us. Here are some good ones:
"If anything remains more or less unchanged, it will be the role of women."
David Riesman, conservative American social scientist, 1967.

"I am tired of all this sort of thing called science here... We have spent millions in that sort of thing for the last few years, and it is time it should be stopped.
Simon Cameron, U.S. Senator, on the Smithsonian Institute, 1901.

"... good enough for our transatlantic friends ... but unworthy of the attention of practical or scientific men."
British Parliamentary Committee, referring to Edison’s light bulb, 1878.

"The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty, a fad."
The president of the Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Ford's lawyer not to invest in the Ford Motor Co., 1903.

"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"
H. M. Warner, co-founder of Warner Brothers, 1927.
I think that Mr. Warner was onto something there.

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